Date : Saturday 11th. October 2014
Fixture : Stafford Fathom / Development Team v North Staffs. Fathoms
Venue : Beaconside Sports Centre, Stafford ST18 0AD
Push-Back : 10.00am
Score : 0-4 ( H/T 0-2 ) ( Lost )
Scorers : None
MOM : Tom Stanley ( G/K )
( Nominated by Stuart Sutton Ex-Stafford Hockey Player watching his Grandson : Will Buckley play for Safford Fathoms )
& Tom Deakin ( Nominated by Stafford Fathom Captain, John Sinclair )
Umpires : Dave Thurgarland & Jack Fudger
Stafford Fathom / Development Team :
1) Tom Stanley ( G/K )
2) Taran Bassie
3) Paul Rennie,
4) Tom Deakin
5) John Sinclair,
6) Ben Deakin
7) Ollie-Joe Simmons
8) Will Buckley
9) Kyle Rennie
10) John Sinclair
11) Jack Hodgkinson
12) Neil Jinks
Stafford Fathoms had to wait until this Saturday to play their first home game of the season and again like last week were giving another young player, Ben Deakin ( brother of Tom Deakin ) his hockey debut in the side and they were also being watched from the sidelines by Stuart Sutton an Ex-Stafford Hockey Player who had come along to watch his young Grandson, Will Buckley play for Stafford Fathoms and I am sure as the game progressed that he picked up on the togetherness and experience that all Stafford Young Fathom Players had gained from playing in last Saturday’s fathom game away to Barlaston Fathoms / 2nd. Team and from the start Stafford started well and were holding their own against another opposition which like last week had a number of experienced players in it’s side. For 15 minutes both sides were evenly balanced and playing some nice hockey, but then North Staffs Fathoms were awarded a short corner and from it, they managed to take the lead from it, when Stafford didn’t defend it as well as they could of done. Stafford didn’t allow this set back to up-set them and just like last week they kept plugging away but unfortunately just as half time was looming North Staffs extended their lead, when Stafford didn’t mark as well as they had been and North Staffs nipped in to go 2-0 up.
The team talk at half time by Stafford Fathom Vice Captain, Paul Rennie to the rest of the team, was to ignore the score-line of 2-0, as both goals had been the only time Stafford’s young keeper had really been tested by in the first half and they both could have been prevented with a bit better defending. The team also needed to pass and communicate with one another a little bit better than they had been in the first half, as the experienced players in the North Staffs Fathom Team in the first half had managed to contain the raw energy of the youngsters in the Stafford Fathom Team, so when the second half started Stafford fathom youngsters took on board the half-time team talk and started well against North Staffs but the opposition did however up their game and started to test Stafford defence a lot more in this half than the first half and as a result Stafford Fathom Keeper, Tom Stanley had a lot more to deal with, which he dealt with splendidly and young Tom Deakin playing only his second competitive hockey game was doing a sterling job in midfield for Stafford, with some real good tackles and lay offs to fellow team mates and Kyle Rennie, George Hodgkinson and Will Buckley for Stafford were combining well up front for Stafford and were constantly testing the experienced North Staffs Fathoms Defence but eventually North Staffs got the better of Stafford and managed to score another 2 goals despite Stafford competing with them all over the pitch and at the final whistle North Staffs ran out 4-0 winners but just like last week the opposition praised the way Stafford Fathom Team had battled and kept going in a good, well fought and entertaining game.
Stuart Sutton as mentioned at the being of this report was watching the game from the side-lines and he was very impressed on how all players in the Stafford side had kept going and hadn’t let their heads drop at any time even though they eventually lost the game 4-0 and he was also asked before the game started if he minded naming a Man of the Match for Stafford Fathoms and after the game he nominated young Stafford Fathom Keeper, Tom Stanley as Man of the Match for his splendid performance in between the posts for Stafford and young Tom Deakin playing only his second game was also nominated / awarded Man of the Match for Stafford Fathoms, for all his hard work and endeavour in midfield for Stafford by Stafford Fathom Team Captain, John Sinclair.
Stafford Fathom’s next game this Saturday is an Away game to Old Wulfs Fathoms and is a 2.30pm pushback at Wolverhampton Grammar School, Compton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB and all players picked to play in this fathom game will need to meet at 1.15pm at Stafford Hockey Club.